No US president affected American history more than Abraham Lincoln. Slavery and civil war threatened the country during his presidency. Lincoln's views on slavery, race, and a perpetual union warrant examination from the perspective of his own time without prejudice of hindsight. Lincoln hated slavery and he championed "Liberty to all," but he never fully endorsed racial equality. We will examine Lincoln's essential characteristics, his rise to political prominence, and his leadership as president. Was Lincoln prejudiced against Black people and a reluctant liberator? Or was he an egalitarian with genuine abolitionist beliefs and purpose? Did Lincoln's pragmatism disable his ability to compromise and avoid war? Were integrity, empathy, and prescient wisdom indispensable to Lincoln becoming the abolition president? Was Lincoln an adept commander in chief? All are important subjects that keep Lincoln relevant today and are worth study. The truth can be brutal, and history is dangerous. | Lecture + Q&A.